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Former Poland captain Brzeczek takes over as coach

Former Polish international Jerzy Brzeczek was appointed head coach of the national team, the country's football association announced on Thursday.

Jerzy Brzeczek is stepping up from club football, taking over as Poland manager
Jerzy Brzeczek is stepping up from club football, taking over as Poland manager (AFP)

Former Polish international Jerzy Brzeczek was appointed head coach of the national team, the country's football association announced on Thursday.

The 47-year-old replaces Adam Nawalka, whose highly-fancied national squad were eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia.

Brzeczek was a midfielder who captained Poland, won 42 caps, scored four goals and was part of the team that were runners-up at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

He played for a string of Polish and Austrian clubs and had a stint with Maccabi Haifa in a 20-year career.

After retiring he became a coach and led Wisla Plock to a fifth-placed finish in the Polish league last season.

His first match will be away to Italy on September 7 in the new UEFA Nations League.

Nawalka has said he feels responsible for the World Cup disappointment and will stand down as Poland manager on July 30.